March 2018   





Executive Board

Shauna-Kay Gooden


President of the 

Alumni Association


Linda M. Gimlett, MA '77

1st Vice President

Nicole N. Napolitano, MA '03,

PhD '16  

2nd Vice President 


Oscar Odom, III, BS'83, JD, EdD 

3rd Vice President

Andrew Schweighardt,
MA '09, PhD '12


Sheila Nickens, MA'85


Danielle Barrett, BA'04



Staff Contacts


Jerylle Kemp

Director of Alumni Relations



Stephanie DiBrienza

Alumni Engagement Specialist







April 9 

7:30 PM
Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Actor's Fun presents
When Pigs Fly
Conceived by
Waldrop and the late costume designer and playwright Howard Crabtree, with music by Dick Gallagher and lyrics by Waldrop, When Pigs Fly is a raucous, joyful, and unapologetically outrageous romp "with zip, zing, and plenty of pizzazz!"


April 16 

1:40 PM 

L61 NB

HSI Speaker Series: Francisco
X. Gaytán
President Karol Mason is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 series of speakers, seminars and conversations to embrace, explore, and promote our identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).  

April 20-22
Multiple Times
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
at John Jay College

Manhattan School of Music presents La Cenerentola is a variation of the traditional Cinderella story, Angelina is forced to a life of labour by her wicked step father, who favors his own daughters.  

April 23-24
9:00 AM-5:00 P Room 630, Haaren Hall

Symposium on Celebrity
and Executive Security 

This symposium targets best practices in entertainment security. At the end of the symposium, participants will have mastered the basic skills and competencies essential to celebrity and executive security and be capable of identifying best professional practices.

April 24 

1:40-3:00 PM 

9th fl. Conference Room, NB

Protecting Immigration Rights-Legal and Other Updates from the State Attorney General
This lunch and learn will feature Lourdes Rosado, Esq, Assistant Attorney General and Bureau Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


April 24-26

Multiple Times

Student Dining Hall

Celebrate Earth Month Join our faculty as they bring their classes to see award-winning films and discussion for this three day series.

April 25

4:30 PM

Moot Court, NB
Book Talk: Inside Private Prisons Lauren-Brooke Eisen discusses Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

April 26

6:30-8:30 PM

L63, NB

From the Ashes Film Screening and Talk Back From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry. Panel moderated by Dr. Gerald Markowitz and introductory remarks provided by the Executive Producer, Katherine Oliver, Principal, Bloomberg Associates and John Jay College Foundation Trustee.






Alumni Reunion Award Winners

Alumnus Jeffrey Deskovic (MA'13) is a wrongful conviction expert and Founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice which has exonerated two people; helped free five more through other legal means; and helped pass legislation. Jeff dedicated his life to fighting wrongful conviction after spending 16 years in prison prior to exoneration through DNA Testing that identified the actual perpetrator. Jeff is currently at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace to become an attorney to help exonerate others. Deskovic will be honored as the Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner at Alumni Reunion 2018.


Dr. Teresa A. Booker is Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies and Deputy Executive Officer, Policy Oversight & Administration Track. She teaches courses in Africana Studies, ethnic studies and restorative justice. She has published in the peer-reviewed journals The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, The International Journal of Restorative Justice, and more. Booker will be honored as the Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient at Alumni Reunion 2018.

Register for Alumni Reunion today!



"Champions of Justice" Scholarship Reception Celebrates Students and Thanks Donors

This February, John Jay College celebrated student scholarship winners and thanked the generous donors that made these scholarships possible at the 4th annual Champions of Justice reception. This year, three new scholarships were announced at the event and current scholarship recipients shared their moving stories about their journey to reach their dreams at John Jay and beyond. The reception was attended by over 125 people, including donors, student scholarship recipients, faculty, and staff. Read more 




Alumna Kathleen carterMartinez Credits John Jay for a Holistic Education

Alumna Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez is a testament to the interdisciplinary power of a John Jay education. In the early '80s, she was working as a radiology technician at a hospital, and had an associate's degree in law enforcement. She was looking to enroll in a program where she could satisfy her interest in healthcare as well as in criminal justice, but her search was getting her nowhere. "I was consistently told that the kind of program I wanted didn't exist," she says. "And I believed that until I found John Jay." Read more 




Professors Jeglic and Calkins are on a Mission to Create a World Free of Sexual Violence

When Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic and Dr. Cynthia Calkins first met as psychology professors at John Jay, they were pleasantly surprised to find that their research interests were remarkably similar. They both were interested in exploring sexual crime and reducing recidivism among sexual offenders. They also soon discovered that they worked well together-so well that they started to collaborate on academic papers, and in 2016, they co-edited a volume titled Sexual Violence: Evidence Based Policy and Prevention. Read more




HSI Speaker Series is Creating
a Community Dialogue

This spring, John Jay College proudly announced the 2018-2019 HSI speaker series. The series, which celebrates and promotes the College's federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), is part of an ongoing conversation about how the College can develop policies and best practices to help students succeed." Read more


Annual "Law Day" Helps Students Prep for Legal Careers

The John Jay Pre-Law Institute has long been preparing John Jay students from all fields of study for careers in law. At the institute's annual "Law Day," John Jay students and alumni have the unique opportunity to learn directly from law school admissions officers, current law students, and legal professionals about the study and practice of law. Read more


Students and Community Members Launch Semester-Long Series Exploring Sexual Violence

This spring, Barbara Cassidy, a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and Bettina Muenster, director of the Office of Student Research and Creativity recruited passionate students to help plan the Sexual Justice Now! series, an initiative designed to explore sexual crimes and how to best address them. The semester-long series at John Jay addresses the issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence in a multidisciplinary manner at a time that some have described as a defining moment and tipping point in America. Read more


Abby Stein's Legacy is
Honored at Memorial Lecture

The legacy of beloved Professor Abby Stein was honored at the fourth annual Abby Stein Memorial Lecture this February. Stein, who is remembered as a champion for student success, was also involved in launching the innovative John Jay-Vera Fellows Program. Every year, Vera alumni participate in the Abby Stein Memorial Lecture to discuss how their experience in the intensive program has influenced their careers. This year, alumna Lenecia Lewis-Kirkwood delivered the lecture Read more  





Come Celebrate! Valedictorians! Salutatorians! Bloodhound Families!

If you were the valedictorian or the salutatorian of your graduating class or if you are member of a family that includes more than one John Jay graduate, we would like to recognize you and your fellow alumni on April 20! Please contact Alumni Relations Director Jerylle Kemp at 212-237-8964 or and remember to register for reunion:



Invitation from Mayor's
Office of Appointments 

The Mayor's Office of Appointments (MOA) invites John Jay alumni interested in senior level opportunities in public service in New York City to upload your resume to MOA's resume portal. Having a profile and resume uploaded helps your opportunity to be considered for city jobs. Start leading now, and submit your resume.





Andrene Wright (B.A.'17)

is at Northwestern University in the first year of her doctorate degree program in Political Science. She is living in Chicago and enjoying her academic journey.


Richard Piszczatowski (B.S. '11) is a 5th year MD/PhD student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was recently awarded the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This award will provide funding over 4 years for his work in hematopoiesis and blood cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Teri Coaxum (CERT '94, M.P.A. '08) is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College, Medgar Evers College and Metropolitan College of New York. She was most recently the Regional Advocate for the Office of Advocacy's Region II (SBA) with oversight responsibility for all 62 counties in New York, 21 counties in New Jersey, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Teri is the author of Peaceful Pondering: A Busy woman's Guide to Inner Peace.





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